American Mercenaries: Who are they? by Vladimir Platov

Co-Creating Our Future on Planet Earth


The number of mercenaries with U.S. passports in various hot spots has undergone a marked increase of late. Their motivation: ideals, money and adventure. However, it is noteworthy that many of these hired guns are American army veterans. What in heaven’s name is pushing them back into the hell of battle, which they were so recently fortunate to return from alive?

In late October, the conservative American news and political commentary website The Daily Caller reported on the dire financial straits that many American military families are facing. According to an annual survey by Blue Star Families that analyzes issues affecting military families, 40 percent of active-duty service members and their spouses feel financially insecure. The survey also found that 85 percent of respondents cited material well-being as one of the major reasons they joined the military in the first place. However, 52 percent of military personnel in…

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